REPORT OF THE COMMAND OF THE SIXTH INFANTRY DIVISION FROM JANUARY 25, 1943 TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE HOME DEFENSE REGARDING THE CONVERSATION WITH DOBROSAV JEVDEVlČ
|Contemporary WWII photograph of Jevđević, almost face-on, in ceremonial uniform with a medal
COMMAND MOST URGENTLY PERSONALLY AT HAND
6 INFANTRY DIVISIONS
Op. Number 823/taj.
In Mostar, on January 25, 1943
Subject: preliminary talks with Jevđević.
— TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE HOME DEFENSE "Op." —
— TO THE GENERAL MILITARY COMMISSIONER N.D.H. — SUŠAK
Today, in the private apartment
of the police colonel Mr. Stjepan Jakovljević, commander of the 6th military
regiment, held the first meeting of the representatives of our authorities with
the leader of the Serbs, Dobrosav Jevđević. On our side, the Grand Prefect of
the Great Parish of Hum, Mr. Petar Zlatar, the undersigned, and the commander
of the 6th military regiment Mr. Stjepan Jakovljević. Jevđević made this
meeting conditional on the fact that the Headquarters would not take part in it
and that it would not be held in the official building of the Great Parish or
Division. At this meeting, Jevđević mainly said the following:
1. — That he is authorized to
conduct and conclude negotiations with
representatives of the Home
Guard, but not with the administrative and political authorities. However, he
does not exclude conversations with the Grand Prefect for the purpose of
2. — He complains about the lack
of supply of food to the districts of Konjic, Mostar, and Nevesinje.
3. — He wants all the Chetnik forces to be thrown into the merciless fight against the partisans.
4. — He wants to do
everything for the achievement of a tolerable situation in Herzegovina, for the
cessation of mutual insults, robbery, violence, etc., for the return of the
refugees of the Stolac district to their homes, which requires ensuring the
construction and repair of destroyed homes, organizing food and forcing the
refugees to the most intensive work regarding early sowing, etc., in a word, he
wants to do everything for the pacification of Herzegovina.
5. — Requests the provision of
our hospital assistance to Chetniks and seriously ill patients in the fight
against the partisans.
6. — That the militia of Dr.
Ismet Popovac was organized against his intentions and that it was foreseen
only by his efforts the number of 8,000 was reduced to 2,500 Muslim militiamen.
7. — He allows the possibility of
existence and sees individual occurrences of violence, insults, and robbery by
the Chetniks, but says that it is usually the wild Chetniks, that is, as far as
the organized Chetniks are concerned, that they are dealt with the most
severely — they are regularly shot. (He says that about 35 Chetniks were shot
these days; their military court is in Kalinovik).
8. — The arrival of 1
company of Montenegrin Chetniks in the village of Bijelo Polje (10 km north of
Mostar) is planned precisely for this reason, to capture the arbitrary group of
Chetniks there and to prevent them from further robberies and violence.
9. — That a large Italian-Chetnik
action is planned and directed only against the partisans and that he, as the
commander of all Chetniks, will strictly take care, so that it will be so.
At this meeting, a joint decision
was made to appoint a joint committee for Konjic, Mostar, and Nevesinje
districts, which will resolve all disagreements and disputes between our areas,
that is, individuals and Chetniks. 3 members from each side have to join this
The command of the Italian
division "Murge" ["Murđe"] in Mostar was informed in
writing about the meeting, according to the attached concept.
Source: Collection of documents and data about the national
liberation war, DOCUMENTS OF THE CHETNIC MOVEMENT OF DRAŽ MIHAILOVIĆ, book 2 -
JANUARY - SEPTEMBER 1943, volume 14 (page 1057)